The Lone Star Smockers recently enjoyed a retreat in Scurry, Texas. We met a few new friends who joined us for a great time at Whitworth Ranch. First of all, we were treated with great Texas hospitality by Stacy and Marie our mother/daughter hostesses.
Stacy has a culinary degree and her cooking was wonderful! Some of us purchased her cookbook, A Dash of This and Pinch of That so we could try out some of these tasty recipes. In the back of the cookbook is some great reference material and each section has helpful hints. In addition to the wonderfully prepared breakfasts and dinners, we had lots of delicious desserts and on Friday night we also had fruit smoothies.
When we weren’t eating the good home cooking, there were snacks and more snacks. No one went hungry, that’s for sure! The ranch has two separate structures. The oldest house has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus a kitchen and 2 dining areas. The second, newer structure, has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus 2 rooms with tables for sewing and crafting. There is also a kitchen stocked with coffee, tea, and lots of munchies.
The rooms were nice and spacious for us and each of the 4 bedrooms had its own adjoining bathroom. Here is one of the bedrooms where 4 could sleep.
The weather was wonderful while we were there. Between the two houses is a pool and hot tub. Some of the ladies decided to get some sun while doing their handwork.
On Saturday we got some rain which then moved off and allowed the sun to shine back through. After sewing on Thursday and Friday, we had a massage therapist (Brenda) come to visit the ranch on Saturday and she was kept busy all day long working out tired backs and necks. Some chose full body massages and others chair massage. Thanks Brenda for doing a wonderful job!
Whitworth Ranch is also a working ranch. The retreat is surrounded by 50 acres of pasture land with a barn on one side and a pond on the other. While we were in the workrooms working, we would hear a calf mooing. His mom had abandoned him so he showed up for his bottle feeding each day. Mr. Whitworth said he is 2 months old and eating grass now so when the formula is gone, he would be left to graze without any milk. We enjoyed getting to know this little calf, otherwise known as #117.
Although our surroundings were interesting and comfortable, we came to sew and really got a lot of work done. These shots show the workrooms we occupied.
Our guild has had Gail Doane come and teach us several times and we brought our UFO’s with us to the retreat. None were completely finished but progress was made!
Of course, Wee Care gowns were also in the mix of projects.
Brenda was one of our visitors and brought AS&E and Sew Beautiful magazines and let us choose which ones we liked. Thanks Brenda!
Another visitor was Gina who donated lots of embroidery floss. You know we can all use a little more. Thank you Gina for coming and bringing us the extra floss.
Terry, Lisa’s sister, showed us how wonderful needlepoint could be. She does amazing work!
We were honored to have other SAGA member visitors who joined us. Our ex-region representative, Tawn, brought each of us needle threaders and worked on her knitting project.
Lindsay gave us wool flower pins to choose from. Thanks so much Lindsay!
Kelli seemed to be the most productive worker creating and finishing lots of beautiful items.
Davene worked on a pretty quilt and also showed us her amazing bag made with selvages of various fabrics. Very creative and interesting Davene!
Wendy, Francie, Rhonda, Kathy, Lisa, and Bonnie rounded out the rest of the Lone Star Smockers. Jeannine had to pull out at the last minute and we missed her! We had some bloodshed when Francie had a mishap with her rotary cutter, glad all is well with her.
The Lone Star Smockers have a strange but fun tradition, started a few years back. We have a dancing frog drawing. This is probably one drawing you don’t want to win. If you win the frog basket drawing you get to keep the basket and the dancing frog for a year. You get the “frog related item” in the basket but have to replace it with another frog item for the next person to receive. This year Kathy “won” the drawing for the dancing frog basket. She got this wonderfully crocheted frog (made by Wendy). We are all wondering what will be in the basket for next year’s recipient.
Thank you to the president of our guild, Wendy, who made it all happen and there were others who did some work to get everything arranged so that we would have an enjoyable time at the retreat. We always enjoy the door prizes and thanks to all who contributed to those. Thanks again to Whitworth Ranch and Stacy and Marie. Click here to check out the retreat facilities.